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French, Rococo
early 18th century
33.02 cm x 22.86 cm x 20.32 cm (13 in. x 9 in. x 8 in.)
brass and bronze

Not on view


This early eighteenth century bronze candelabrum is one of a pair (see HC.F.1927.147.[LD]). A nearly nude satyress is represented kneeling on a gilt-bronze flower-strewn rocky ground and holding in each hand a gilt-bronze cornucopia which forms the candle nozzle. A gilt-bronze mantle loosely falls from her proper left shoulder, down her back, billowing out at the side, and across her upper left leg, which is fashioned as a goat’s leg with cloven hoof. The sculpture rests on an associated gilt-bronze base (the gilded bronze is different in tone and quality from the gilded bronze of the sculpture) that appears to be of nineteenth-century manufacture in the Rococo style, having foliate scrolls over an open-work circular plinth.

A very similar candelabrum (without the base) was offered for sale by Sotheby's, London, on June 24, 1988, lot 66: “A Fine Pair of Late Louis XIV Bronze and Gilt-Bronze Candelabra, early 18th Century.” The figure differs from the Dumbarton Oaks sculpture only in the position of the proper left arm, which is lower. In the auction catalogue it was noted that “a very similar pair of candelabra, with gilt-bronze and ebonized plinths, was sold by Messrs Couturier, Nicolay, Delorme, Paris, 17th June 1986.”

J. Carder

Sales Catalogue, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 5/1927, no. 66, p. 30, pl. 66;
Arthur P. Thompson, "Inventory and Appraisal of the Personal Property Owned by the Hon. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss" (7/29/1938), p. 40, no. 128.

Exhibition History
"Seldom Seen," Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2014.

Acquisition History
Collection of Edward M. Hodgkins, London, until 1927.

Purchased from the Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, by Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, 5/16/1927.

Collection of Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, Washington, D.C., 5/16/1927-11/29/1940.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, House Collection, Washington, D.C.

House Collection